RYERSON UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO’S DOWNTOWN CORE IS “COALESCING” ITS SPRAWLING CAMPUS

Over several years I’ve watched Ryerson University assemble an assortment of buildings in TORONTO’s core, along Gerrard, Gould, Yonge, Church and Victoria streets. It’s a campus built mostly in an incremental manner, adapting nearby buildings one after another as the student population grew and grew.STORM CUNNINGHAM, author, publisher, advisor and a Ryerson lecturer in 2010, is often called the guru of the trillion-dollar global renewal trend. He has this to say about RYERSON – “It’s a campus that has profoundly revitalized a run-down section of TORONTO’s downtown, and they’ve done it without the destructive blank-slate approach so common amongst planners.”ABOVE – for instance, the Ontario Pharmacy Building on Gerrard Street East has now become Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Innovation. “That’s unique, especially when one considers how many universities (mostly here in the United States) purposely allowed—even encouraged—surrounding neighbourhoods to go into decline, so they could scoop up cheap real estate to expand their campus.” – Storm Cunningham<ABOVE – a photo taken by Storm Cunningham in 2010, shows a derelict building making way for a student technology centre on Yonge Street.>Cunningham began writing ‘The Restoration Economy’ in 1996 when brownfields redevelopment, regenerative agriculture & restoration ecology emerged. It’s available on AMAZON.<GOULD STREET rendering – a permanent pedestrian-only zone is now being built from O’Keefe Lane to Bond Street.  It’s always been the centre of Ryerson’s campus.  WAY TO GO, RYERSON!>

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CABBAGETOWN’S BROADCAST LANE, NAMED AFTER A FORMER CBC RADIO STUDIO, IS ONLY A BLOCK LONG

This is a neighbourhood chock-a-block with Victoriana and a network of back street alleyways.Broadcast Lane, parallel to Parliament Street, features a strip of Post-Modern housing, in amongst graffiti, murals, backsides of restaurants – and, if you look carefully, a doll’s house.Broadcast Lane is a photogenic shortcut between Winchester and Carlton Streets. There are many other lanes to explore in Cabbagetown, and every one has a name.

TORONTO ISLANDS ARE STILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT WATER LEVELS ARE RISING – AGAIN

Thanks to the Parks Department & the TORONTO Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) the city’s favourite holiday retreat remains open, but Hanlan’s Point, Olympic Island and Snake Island are inaccessible. “We’re definitely more prepared this time,” says Warren Hoselton, island park supervisor. “The TRCA supplies us with modelling to show the lowest spots. We know which areas are going to be affected.”For the record – the DOUG FORD’s P.C. government has cut flood-management funding by 50%. The Ministry of Natural Resources is faced with a difficult task.

TRINITY ST. PAUL’S, 427 BLOOR ST. W., IS A UNITED CHURCH, COMMUNITY CENTRE & CONCERT HALL

RICHARD LONGLEY IN ‘NOW’ MAGAZINE – “(Faced with a shrinking congregation) Trinity St. Paul’s church has made room for 483 tenants, who rent for periods ranging from one hour to year ‘round. They include Greenpeace, Montessori Day Care, Middle Eastern Language School, a base for Tafelmusik, the Toronto Consort, Middle Eastern Language School, International Socialists and the Common Good, etc. It’s a jewel in TORONTO’s halo.” <PHOTO ABOVE – Eric Parker>

WONDER WHY CONSERVATIVE LEADER, ANDREW SCHEER, KEEPS HIS DISTANCE FROM P.C.’S DOUG FORD?

<“I hope he won’t be TOO involved in the federal election . . . “, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June12/2019>Friday, JUNE 14th/2019, marks one year since DOUG FORD was elected premier of ONTARIO. Since that fateful day, Ford and his Progressive Conservative government have been very busy indeed. SEE BELOW . . .

ON THE ENVIRONMENT
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Cancelled Cap & Trade; plans to take federal government to court
> Cut 700+ green energy projects
> Shut down White Pines Wind Project
> Slashed 50% of flood management funds in time for serious province-wide flooding
> Eliminated funds for the 50 Million Tree Program; resurrected by federal Liberal government
> Axed the Green Ontario Fund
HEALTH
> Cancelled the opening of new overdose prevention sites
> Revoked current and future funding for the College of Midwives
> Slashed the number of paramedic service providers from 59 to 10
> Proposed ending OHIP’s medical emergency coverage for Ontario travelers abroad
> Scrapped funding for supervised drug-use sites (two in Toronto, one in Ottawa)EDUCATION
> Rolled back sex-ed curriculum
> Removed $100-million budget for school repairs
> Cancelled Ontario’s first French-language university
> Dropped funding assistance for college/university students by $300-million plus
> Removed free tuition for low-income students
> Scrapped over $300-million for three satellite university campuses
> Increased class sizes, potentially resulting in over 3,400 lost teaching jobs
> Scrapped the Ontario College of Trades
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
> Cut Toronto City Council by 50%; city has taken the province to court
> Planned to cut funds to repair social housing
> Told municipalities and school boards to find 4% in “efficiencies” to servicesARTS, CULTURE & TOURISM
> Retroactively slashed $5-million from the Ontario Arts Council
> Cancelled the Indigenous Culture Fund
> Dropped grants for the Ontario Music Fund by more than 50%
> Reduced funding to regional tourism organizations by $17.5-million
> Announced termination of Beer Store contract, jeopardizing 7,000 jobs
> Beer Store threatens multi-million dollar law suits
> Cut $9.5-million (25%) from Tourism Toronto; $3.4 million from Ottawa
SOCIAL SERVICES
> Cut $1-billion from social services across the board
> Scrapped Basic Income Pilot Project
> Cancelled dollar increase to the minimum wage
> Cut Workplace Safety Insurance Board payments to injured workers by 30%
> Severed library services funding by 50%
> Ended the Roundtable on Violence Against Women
> Slashed $84.5-million funding for children/at-risk youth & children’s aid societies
> Cut $15-million from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
RESEARCH
> Cut funding to MaRS Discovery District (scientific research)
> Cut funding to two artificial intelligence institutes by $24-million
> Cancelled a technology accelerators program of $9.5-million, college-based applied research projects worth $6.7-million; $5-million in funding to the Institute for Quantum Computing; $1.5-million in funding to the Lazaridis Institute, and $750,000 for bioindustrial innovation.
> Pared $5-million in funding for stem cell research. AND THAT’S NOT ALL.LIST FROM Canada’s National Observer – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/07/news/heres-everything-doug-ford-government-cut-its-first-year-office<“I’M HERE FOR YOUR ELECTION MEDDLING WORKSHOP.”, (Doug Ford meets Mr. Putin), editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June 13/2019><“My calendar is cleared, Andrew.  I’ll be backing you up all the way to election day, my friend., editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Sptectator, June/2019>